BUCKFAST lovers have been warned over dodgy bottles of the tonic wine being sold by retailers.
Makers J. Chandler & Co have told drinkers to stay away from the batch of tonic wine if it’s offered to them.
Production of the fortified booze, originally made by monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, stopped at the end of March due to the coronavirus pandemic, following government guidelines.
Fears were sparked that Buckie – nicknamed ‘wreck the hoose juice’ – could be unavailable during lockdown, after sales manager Stewart Wilson said wholesalers were ‘out of stock’.
But the company performed a u-turn and said ‘limited stocks’ would be available at convenience stores – while also urging punters to obey the lockdown laws.
A spokesperson for J. Chandler & Co tweeted: “It has been brought to our attention that Buckfast no longer fit for purpose is being sold by retailers .
“If the bottle being offered to you has the code 17-270 please do not purchase it.”
It comes as fake Buckfast bottles are flooding the Scottish market after the lockdown production stop led to shortages across the country.
Bosses said wholesalers could run out of the tonic wine if lockdown continues for months and insisted ‘limited stocks’ would be available at convenience stores.
But a number of customers who managed to get hold of bottles have since complained about strange tastes and unusual labelling.
It comes after a drought led to price increases at shops across Scotland.
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A public post from Mindy’s Convenience Store in Dennistoun, Glasgow, said: “We have been notified that some individuals claiming that there Buckfast tonic wine does not meet to the specific standards they are accustomed to.
“We would urge these individuals to hold on to the bottle and any remaining liquid in the bottle and contact, J. Chandler & Co, Buckfast Ltd.
“I’m sure the Trading Standards department at Glasgow City Council could help with your query.
“As a retailer we only sell sealed bottles of Buckfast and have no involvement in the production of Buckfast Tonic Wine.”
USave Westfield in Cumbernauld also took to social media to issue a warning to customers.
They said: “Attention and be careful. Just a heads up for our customers. No cash and carry has any supply of Buckfast at the moment.
“If you do find a shop or individual selling it please check the product carefully, there is fake Buckfast being sold.
“We were also offered it and told them to get lost but not all retailers are going to be as honest and some will try and make a fast buck.”
Trading Standards and Buckfast have been approached for comment.
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